In a message dated 98-01-14 15:00:39 EST, you write:
<< At Bank Street I used to watch teachers conduct group interviews with
after a new teaching unit was over. They would ask students to critique the
unit, using questions a lot like Laura's. Students invariably had really
perspectives on the unit, pointing out things about the sequence of
the resources used, etc., that the teachers and I had missed. Almost always,
their comments immediately suggested improvements. I really recommend trying
this out next time you end a somewhat 'experimental' unit. Your kids are a
GREAT source of data!
Bill, you are so right about kids providing great feedback. I think teachers
do too and we need to incorporate some of the same type questions in our
inservice presentations so that we can find out where we might not be reaching
teachers or addressing their concerns etc. I will be making a presentation
this weekend and Joy and I together will be presenting next weekend on
American Memory and hope to get some good feedback to pass along to everyone.
I will keep you posted.